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Who's Responsible for Protecting Data in the Cloud?

Who's Responsible for Protecting Data in the Cloud?
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When it comes to storing data in the cloud, companies too often take security for granted, says Mario Santana, who handles security for Verizon Communications‘ data-storage division.

Some businesses mistakenly assume that once they opt to store data on outside servers instead of their own, they no longer have to concern themselves with safeguarding that information, he says. “I’ll run across a problem and point it out as a courtesy, like, ‘Hey, you should fix this,”‘ Santana says. “They’re surprised. They had just expected that they wouldn’t have to deal with anything.”